One rainy afternoon in May, the girls in the junior school jumped their hearts out for Jump Rope for Heart. The event raises money for the Heart & Stroke Foundation and encourages kids to grow up healthy.
The girls collected pledges leading up to the event. The top fundraising class, 6H, was awarded a pizza lunch, for raising approximately $2600. There were rewards (“sparklers”) as each fundraising target was met, such as: civvies days (including one day where teachers dress as students!), school wide NO HOMEWORK DAY! and a movie afternoon.
During the event, there was lots of screaming and cheering as the girls encouraged their peers to hang on for a few more seconds. Those who showed a lot of spirit were able to pull a number out of a bin to win a special reward, such as participating in a one-sided water ballon fight with teachers, a silly string fight on the grass field, getting the chance to paint teachers faces, or give teacher Mr. Oates a makeover.
Donations are still trickling in, but well over $18,500 was raised for the Heart & Stroke Foundation (“hard to believe that we can raise this much in a day of skipping!” says Teacher Ms. Grills). Way to go girls! It was a fun and active afternoon, as the girls were inspired to be “Heart Heroes.”